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The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez (Pinnacle True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Apr 2006

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing; New edition edition (25 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786018100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786018109
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 4.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 789,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An astonishing portrait of a killer not seen since In Cold Blood" (New York Daily News)

"An exceptionally well-told true crime tale" (Publishers Weekly)

"The details are amazing, told from many points of view; very scary indeed" (Los Angeles Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The classic account of one of the world's most feared serial killers, Richard Ramirez --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
The Night Stalker accounts the life and crimes of sadistic
and brutal serial killer Richard Ramirez,who during the mid
1980's broke into,beat,molested and murdered many victims in
Los Angeles.In September 1989 Richard Ramirez was sentenced
to death,which he appeared to show no remorse or conscience.

With warning,the Night stalkers descriptions are graphically
violent as the first 100 pages or so tells the story from
the killers point of view.It then moves onto the killers childhood,
the courtcase then the death row marriage.As much as I despise
Richard Ramirez,in parts you find yourself sympathising with him
then find he has a like able side.I am not excusing what he did but
the book does justice on his character.
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Detailed look into Richard's life, before and after the crimes and all throughout the trial and incarceration. A lot of information about the killer and the crimes, and good information about the trial, lawyers, outburts, etc. There is even an interview with Richard Ramirez himself. If you are interested in this kind of stuff, you will learn a lot. Would definitely recommend.
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I found that the item was dispatched very quickly and the communication was excellent, would recommend to anyone. hope to do business with again in the future.
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Fantastic book, it is a must read for anyone who is interested in this sort of thing
Carlo held nothing back and was frank with the details of Ramirez
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This is probably the best book on the case you're likely to encounter. Not only does Philip Carlo describe each individual murder, but he dedicates a large portion of the book to including the history of Richard Ramirez, the circumstances leading to his life of crime, and his family. Reading the other reviews, I see that people have picked up on the drawn-out section about the trial, and I have to admit that I skim-read that section. However, you don't have to read every last bit, there is lots of other information, all of it well-researched. The best part of it is probably the interview. You'll be surprised at Ramirez's analytical, sophisticated personality. He rarely gets angry, and sounds like the sort of person you'd gladly talk to on a bus. This is an outstanding book, and deserves recognition as a true crime classic.
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I was slightly apprehensive choosing this book as frequently in the past i had been bored rigid by authors of the true crime genre and their self serving egotistical attempts at using their subjects as an excuse to warble aimlessly on.
This book is a stone cold classic of the genre. Its narrative rips along at an exhuastive pace leaving the reader in no doubt as to the severity and brevity of the subjects atrocious crimes. The court chapters tend to drag a little only mirroring ramerez's actual trial.
Really this is the benchmark which all others must be measured. Ann rule etc do not even warant being mentioned in the same breath.
Brilliant.
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This is the first book I have read on the Night Stalker case so I am unable to compare it to others on this subject, but I am an avid true crime reader and this is one of the better examples of the genre. The account is well researched, indeed to the point where at times there almost feels like too much detail, particularly in the section about the trial. However, the excellent research means that all aspects of the case, from Ramirez's childhood, throught the crimes themselves, the trial and the aftermath, are well presented and genuinely an informative insight into these events.

The horrible crimes are not over sensationalised, but contain enough detail to reinforce the horror of the crimes themselves. His presentation of Ramirez gives an impressive glimpse into the character of the man and his motivations. He is not simply presented as an evil psychopath, but as a more rounded human being enabling a better insight into his true character. Whether one feels any sympathy for him or not is a mute point. Many of the key players in the story, including Ramirez's family, are interviewed and their insights only add to the account of the case. My main criticisms would be:

- better editing would have benefitted the book. The section on the trial was a bit too long and some sections rather repeptitive. Also, the proof-reading in places was poor, resulting in spelling and grammatical errors.

- Whilst the section on the Night Stalker "groupies" was added in a later addition, I would have liked a more thorough examination of this topic as it is one of the most fascinating aspects of the case. More detail and discussions with more of the women would have given a better insight into their motivations.

These two points are the reason I didnt give 5 stars, but overall this is a well researched, detailed account and well worth a read.
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